People and Their Environments: Social Science Supporting Natural Resource Management and Policy
As human populations increase in size, extent, and diversity, natural resource planners and policymakers must address growing concerns about a wide range of environments. To make the best decisions – for people and for nature – they need information about how people and natural environments influence each other in rural and urban areas and everywhere in between. That is the focus of the People and Their Environments research unit.
Staffed with social scientists from a wide range of backgrounds, People and Their Environments is one of only a few Forest Service research work units that studies the human component of natural resource management. Our expertise ranges across the social science disciplines: economics, psychology, geography, sociology, and related fields like landscape architecture, recreation, and planning.
Our Research Areas
- Changing Population Demographics, Changing Land Uses
- Perceptions and Experiences of Nature
- People’s Outdoor Activities
- Environmental Values
- Natural Resource Disturbances
- Urban Ecology
- Gobster, Paul H.; Rigolon, Alessandro ; Hadavi, Sara ; Stewart, William P. 2020. The condition-care scale: A practical approach to monitoring progress in vacant lot stewardship programs. Landscape and Urban Planning
- Marzano, Mariella ; Hall, Clare ; Dandy, Norman ; LeBlanc Fisher, Cherie ; Diss-Torrance, Andrea ; Haight, Robert G. 2020. Lessons from the Frontline: Exploring How Stakeholders May Respond to Emerald Ash Borer Management in Europe. Forests
- Bushaj, Sabah ; Buyuktahtakin, I Esra; Yemshanov, Denys ; Haight, Robert G. 2020. Optimizing surveillance and management of emerald ash borer in urban environments. Natural Resource Modeling
- Snyder, Stephanie A.; Blinn, Charles R.; Peterson, Rachel R. 2020. Examining Loggers' Attitudes and Behaviors Toward Invasive Forest Plants: A Minnesota Case Study. Journal of Sustainable Forestry
- Sachdeva, Sonya 2020. Chapter 17: Using social media for research and monitoring the changing landscape of public land use. In: Selin, Steven; Cerveny, Lee K.; Blahna, Dale J.; Miller, Anna B., eds. 2020. Igniting research for outdoor recreation: linking science, policy, and action. Gen. Tech. Rep. PNW-GTR-987. Portland, OR: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station. 257 p.
- Sachdeva, Sonya ; Zhao, Jiaying 2020. Distinct impacts of financial scarcity and natural resource scarcity on sustainable choices and motivations. Journal of Consumer Behaviour
- Gobster, Paul H.; Rigolon, Alessandro ; Hadavi, Sara ; Stewart, William P. 2020. Beyond proximity: Extending the ?greening hypothesis? in the context of vacant lot stewardship. Landscape and Urban Planning
- Snyder, Stephanie A.; Ma, Zhao ; Floress, Kristin ; Clarke, Mysha 2020. Relationships between absenteeism, conservation group membership, and land management among family forest owners. Land Use Policy
- Yemshanov, Denys ; Haight, Robert G.; Liu, Ning ; Parisien, Marc-Andre ; Barber, Quinn ; Koch, Frank H.; Burton, Cole ; Mansuy, Nicolas ; Campioni, Fabio ; Choudhury, Salimur 2020. Assessing the trade-offs between timber supply and wildlife protection goals in boreal landscapes. Canadian Journal of Forest Research
- Gobster, Paul H.; Hadavi, Sara ; Rigolon, Alessandro ; Stewart, William P. 2020. Measuring landscape change, lot by lot: Greening activity in response to a vacant land reuse program. Landscape and Urban Planning
Last Modified: 06/07/2016